MEDFORD — A pair of South Medford set pieces ended up being Ashland’s demise on Tuesday evening.
Mark Anguiano’s goal 14 minutes in off a corner kick proved to be the game-winner and Kam Calhoun added another with a diving header early in the second half as the Ashland High boy soccer team fell 3-0 to South Medford on Tuesday night.
Calhoun scored his second goal after the break with 13 minutes to go, as his right-footed effort to the back post got past the outstretched arm of Ashland goalkeeper Gabriel Giancarlo.
“I think the boys played tough and South did a good job,” Ashland head coach Abdi Guled said. “South played hard. We had a tough time getting the ball to our forwards and that’s one of the things we need to improve on.”
Although it was in a losing effort, Giancarlo had one of the highlights of the game, as he made an acrobatic save from point-blank range moments before the Panthers scored the opening goal.
“That was a good save,” Guled said. “Real goalkeepers can do that kind of stuff. Scotty (Scott Gustafson) also did a nice job in the center of the defense for us.”
The Grizzlies play their second-to-last non-conference game before Midwestern League play begins in less than two weeks on Saturday evening at Grants Pass. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m.
“I think it’s just getting healthy and bouncing back,” said Guled, adding that the Grizzlies had a pair of starters out due to illness against South Medford. “We need to work hard in practice and keep trying to get the ball to our guys up front.”
Prep Girls Soccer
ASHLAND 7, KLAMATH UNION 2: At Ashland, senior Lilly Annen scored four goals — two in each half — to lead the way for Ashland in a blowout win over Klamath Union at North Mountain Park.
Annen recorded both of the Grizzlies’ first-half goals, then doubled her tally on the night with two more strikes all of six minutes into the second period.
Ashland (1-1) also got goals from Raisa Rich, Luna Wilhelm and Maya Lackey.
The Grizzlies continue non-league action on Saturday when it travels to Grants Pass for a 3 p.m. contest.
ASHLAND 3, SPRINGFIELD 0: At Ashland, Ashland claimed its second consecutive victory with a straight-sweep of Springfield (25-15, 25-19, 25-16) in Midwestern League action at Mountain Avenue Gym.
The Grizzlies, who claimed their first win of the season last Thursday night against Willamette, improved to 2-1 overall and 2-1 in league play.
Stats were not available as of deadline Tuesday night.
Ashland will take a break from league play later this week when it travels north to South Eugene High School for tournament play on Saturday. The Grizzlies return to MWL action at home next Tuesday night against North Bend.
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